Nationwide and Ohio Farm Bureau 4-H Center board room named in honor of Bea Cleveland

February 14, 2011

Dr. Beatrice J. Cleveland served for 32 years as a faculty member of The Ohio State University Extension.

Dr. Beatrice J. Cleveland, a legendary 65-year 4-H supporter, advocate, and educator, served for 32 years as a faculty member of The Ohio State University Extension, including many years in the state 4-H office. She also served at the national level by participating in the National 4-H Policy Committee, the National 4-H Foods and Nutrition Development Committee, and the National 4-H Foundation.

Dr. Cleveland has received numerous awards and recognitions for her work, including being inducted into the Ohio 4-H Hall of Fame, Ohio Women's Hall of Fame, the Ohio State Fair Hall of Fame, and the Ohio Agricultural Hall of Fame. University awards and recognition include the Everett D. Reese Medal, the university's highest recognition awarded to fundraising volunteers; and The Ohio State University College of Education and Human Ecology Diamond University Award.

Additionally, Dr. Cleveland provided service to 4-H at the 2000 “Celebration of Youth” event, served on the National 4-H Foundation Board of Trustees, and chaired the ECOP National Teenage Nutrition Committee.

Dr. Cleveland, a generous supporter of the 4-H Center, has led fundraising activities resulting in more than $1.5 million in donations to the 4-H Foundation Endowment. A yearly contributor to Ohio 4-H since 1951, she established the Bea Cleveland 4-H Scholarship Fund, which awards $1,000 scholarships to high school students, and supports county 4-H advisor training with grants of $25 to $1,400 yearly.